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Authors at Google: Ray Kurzweil on How to Create a Mind

If you still haven’t heard about Ray Kurzweil‘s new book titled How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed, this video from the Author’s at Google series is a great place to start.

About the book:

In How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed, the bold futurist and author of The New York Times bestseller The Singularity Is Near explores the limitless potential of reverse engineering the human brain. Ray Kurzweil is arguably today’s most influential—and often controversial—futurist. In How to Create a Mind, Kurzweil presents a provocative exploration of the most important project in human-machine civilization—reverse engineering the brain to understand precisely how it works and using that knowledge to create even more intelligent machines. Kurzweil discusses how the brain functions, how the mind emerges from the brain, and the implications of vastly increasing the powers of our intelligence in addressing the world’s problems. He thoughtfully examines emotional and moral intelligence and the origins of consciousness and envisions the radical possibilities of our merging with the intelligent technology we are creating. Certain to be one of the most widely discussed and debated science books of the year, How to Create a Mind is sure to take its place alongside Kurzweil’s previous classics.

Early praise for the book:

“It is rare to find a book that offers unique and inspiring content on every page. How To Create A Mind achieves that and more. Ray has a way of tackling seemingly overwhelming challenges with any army of reason, in the end convincing the reader that it is within our reach to create non-biological intelligence that will soar past our own. This is a visionary work that is also accessible and entertaining.”

Rafael Reif, President of MIT

“Kurzweil’s new book on the mind is magnificent, timely, and solidly argued!! His best so far!”

Marvin Minsky, Co-founder of the MIT Artificial Intelligence Lab

“One of the eminent AI pioneers, Ray Kurzweil, has created a new book to explain the true nature of intelligence, both biological and non-biological. The book describes the human brain as a machine that can understand hierarchical concepts ranging from the form of a chair to the nature of humor. His important insights emphasize the key role of learning both in the brain and AI. He provides a credible roadmap for achieving the goal of super human intelligence which will be
necessary to solve the grand challenges of humanity.”

Raj Reddy, founder, Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University

“If you have ever wondered about how your mind works, read this book. Kurzweil’s insights reveal key secrets underlying human thought and our ability to recreate it. This is an eloquent and thought-provoking work.”

Dean Kamen, founder of FIRST

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